The letter was allegedly sent through the head of journalists in Borno State, Aba Kakami, less than 72 hours after a double suicide bombing led to the death of at least 17 people at the Protestant Military Church, Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji, Kaduna State.
This is not the first time Kakami will receive and distribute statements from the sect. meanwhile, according to international news agency, Reuters, the letter was signed by Sheik Abu Mohammed Ibn Abdulazeez, a man known in security sources to be a moderate senior member of the sect.
This letter, if genuine, would mark a change of departure of tactics by the group which has been been responsible for many bombings in the country. It reads in part: “We are by this letter of invitation to our respected elders proving to government that we are not joking with the government, but we are awaiting the response of those concerned,” Abdulazeez said in the letter.